Brooch – Victorian-Style Garnet Brooch
A reproduction Victorian-style bar brooch, designed as an open-work bar with curlicues and featuring three pyrope¹ garnets in claw settings and secured with a pin and hook clasp. Circa 1989.
Assessment of the Garnets.
Average stated where applicable.
Cut: oval eight-main brilliant.
Measuring: 7.25mm x 5.05mm x 2.59mm.
Complimentary garnets (two).
Cuts: round brilliants.
Estimated total weight:
Colours: dark red (5R.6/3).
Details of the Setting.
Measuring: 41.85mm x 12.30mm.
Hallmarked: 9ct gold, London, 1989.
Sponsor’s mark: ‘SJ’.
¹. “The name garnet does not refer to a single gemstone but rather a group of minerals which share similar chemical compositions and crystallise in the same system. The most commonly encountered are the reddish-brown stone, which although not rare can be very beautiful. The best examples, coloured red by chromium, are known as pyrope, and approximate the colour of ruby” (David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti 'Understanding Jewellery', 1989). “The term pyrope is derived from the Greek word πup, meaning ‘fire’, and Όπtouxi, meaning, ‘I see’. Varying in colour from slightly orangey-red to red, and on to violet-red as the iron from the almandine alters the hue position, pyrope can exhibit a very striking, bright fiery hue” (John D. Rouse, ‘Garnet’, 1986).